Originally posted by passing thru
Russ, I think you must be over the worst. One thing I learned when I quit smoking, which I did several times, is: The first 2 weeks was the worst. The next 2 weeks was a wee bit easier. I had quit for about a year when something stressful came up and I decided to buy a pack of cigarettes and smoke a few and toss them.
What no one had ever told me and I was shocked to learn:
With that first cigarette, I was "hooked" again. Even though I only smoked a couple of packs and quit again ! it was just as hard to quit again. I went through the same 2 weeks of awful withdrawals and the next 2 weeks nearly as bad.
I know this doesn't make sense, but it is how it happened to me.
I was in shock to see how difficult it was to quit the 2nd time after a year and after only a couple packs.
I figured it was similar to an alcoholics addiction and being on the wagon, and falling off. It is very hard for them to get back on the wagon, so I am told.
No one ever told me that about smoking.
I am currently a smoker, but have quit for almost a year in the past. It took a lot longer, a few months, for it to get easier for me. I know it was not the physical addiction after the first week or so, it was the psychological part.
I had the same experience where something stressful came up, and I used it as an excuse to have "just one" cigarette. One led to another, and another, and then it was as if I hadn't quit at all. I thought one cig would be ok. I have known people who quit, and can have an occasional cigarette without resuming their old habits. Everyone is different, I guess.
Now, I want to quit again, but I am afraid of that terrible "jump out of your skin if you don't have a cigarette" feeling. I have a pack and a half left, and I am not going to buy any more. When these are gone, I will quit. I have a friend who quit yesterday, and with lots of people on this board quitting recently, hopefullly I will have a good support system.
Wish me luck!